Octavia Spencer felt like she was living in a bubble

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 December 2017
Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer felt she was "living in a bubble" on the set of 'The Shape of Water' so she could keep in the character of a woman from the 1960s

Octavia Spencer felt she was "living in a bubble" on the set of 'The Shape of Water'.

The 47-year-old actress has opened up about what it was like on the set of the science fiction turned romance film and how she kept in the character of a woman from the 1960s.

She said: "I don't really venture into the real world, because you know it is hard to play a woman from this era and then have all of these things you're able to do now.

"So it is kind of like living in a bubble. So I spent a lot of time with Sally Hawkins."

In the movie, Octavia plays a mute cleaner who stumbles on a amphibious man and admits playing a mute character has an "even deeper meaning" for her because her brother is mute.

She added: "I know this very well. My brother is mute. So it has an even deeper meaning for me. It's more beautiful because I understand the beauty of not being able to say words but still convey feelings."

Octavia enjoyed working alongside Sally and admits she was pleasantly surprised how she managed to channel a "different person" despite being painfully shy.

She told king5.com: "Well, here's something people don't know about Sally. She is painfully shy. I have never met anyone as shy as she is. When she becomes Elisa, it is a different person so to see her at work and to know how she really doesn't like the spotlight at all. It's just so beautiful and humbling, and I love her. Just love her."

The Shape of Water

  • 5 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
  • UK release: 16 February 2018

In 1962 Baltimore, Eliza (Hawkins) is a mute who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility alongside the chatty Zelda (Spencer); there she makes a connection with a mysterious monster (Jones). A wondrous tale of underwater love, with an apt and refreshing approach to female sexuality; from screenplay through…

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